Shooting spree ‘drug-related’

FRASER Edward Lewis didn't say a word when he faced court accused of a shooting spree in Mackay.

Wearing his own clothes, Lewis sat, casually slouched back, in the dock at the Mackay Magistrates Court and allowed his solicitor David Strutynski, of Strutynski Law, to speak on his behalf.

It was alleged the 20-year-old used a centrefire rifle to cause wilful damage to properties at Blacks Beach, Rural View, Beaconsfield and North Mackay on January 8.

Lewis, of Walkerston, was arrested and charged after police examined the crime scenes at the five houses allegedly shot at.

Acting Inspector Craig Sanderson said police had found a vehicle with ammunition and a firearm inside.

Police are investigating whether anyone else was involved in the shooting rampage. Acting Inspector Sanderson confirmed there were links between the accused and the occupants of the five homes.

"There was a link between the premises that have been targeted during the incidences," he said.

The offences appeared to be drug-related, he said.

When magistrate Ross Risson formally charged Lewis, the court heard the exterior of a house, two garage roller doors, a motor vehicle, glass panel, wall and glass sliding door had been damaged.

Lewis is charged with the unlawful possession of weapons (Category B) - firearm used to commit indictable offence; six counts of wilful damage and two counts of supplying dangerous drugs.

Prosecutor Michael Ball sought "additional time under the Bail Act" because police were conducting further investigations and "there may be charges based on those inquiries".

Lewis was remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned to January 14.

 

DRUG CHARGES

Nathan Geoffrey Billingham and Nicholas Zarb Gerrard pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday to possessing ecstasy tablets, which both alleged they purchased from Fraser Edward Lewis.

Both men were placed on a $450 four-month good behaviour bond and ordered to participate in a drug assessment and education session.



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